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Updated: December 15, 2010 13:13 IST

WikiLeaks: India declines comment, defends U.S. ties

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File photo of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna. India on Tuesday sought to downplay WikiLeaks’ release of secret U.S. cables, terming them as “privileged internal correspondence”.
AP File photo of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna. India on Tuesday sought to downplay WikiLeaks’ release of secret U.S. cables, terming them as “privileged internal correspondence”.

India on Tuesday said it has a multi-faceted and forward-looking strategic partnership with the U.S. and there was a regular, open and candid dialogue between the two countries.

While reacting to release of diplomatic cables by whistle-blower Website WikiLeaks, the Ministry of External Affairs said, “We would prefer not to comment on the issue of Wikileaks, which purportedly are an account of privileged internal U.S. government assessments and correspondence.

“We have a multi-faceted and forward-looking strategic partnership with the United States and there is a regular, open and candid dialogue between the two countries, on a number of matters of mutual interest,” the official spokesman of the MEA said.

As part of its massive leak of a quarter million classified documents of the U.S. government, the Website released a “secret” cable issued by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in which she has described India as a “self-appointed frontrunner” for a permanent UNSC seat.

Ms. Clinton had also directed U.S. envoys to seek minute details about Indian diplomats stationed at the United Nations headquarters, according to classified documents released by WikiLeaks.

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